Trevis, Engineering, UK
My name is Trevis and I am an Engineering Apprentice based in Zebulon, North Carolina. I graduated from Wake Tech Community College with my Associate's degree in Electronics Engineering Technology, and I'm currently pursuing my Bachelor's in Industrial Engineering Technology at East Carolina University, which should take about two and a half years.
I chose GSK because it’s a large company and you get the opportunity to go into different areas. In fact, I should be rotating pretty soon. For the next portion of the apprenticeship, I'll be working with the engineers, which is a role I’ll be aiming for when I graduate. I’ll probably still be based in Zebulon, but you never know – there’s always the possibility that I’ll move to another site.
Fulfilling bold ambitions
Working here, there’s something new every day. I often walk around the production lines, seeing what's going on and the different maintenance tasks that are happening. The engineers work on equipment day to day, troubleshooting problems and tackle engineering projects, so there’s a wide variety of tasks.
I learned a lot about the equipment at GSK at my interview, but the amount of technology here still came as a surprise. Now I actually get to work on it – although it can be a bit overwhelming because the equipment is all different. If I haven’t worked on a certain machine before, I don’t know what to expect, but I just try to troubleshoot and figure out what’s wrong with it.
The amount of technology here came as a surprise – now I actually get to work on it.
What do I like most about working here?
The interaction with different people and different areas of the site… working on projects, working with my mentor. My mentor is there for me if I need him, but I can step away and do things by myself. I also enjoy my day-to-day job, troubleshooting and figuring out how to make things work. I'm getting more of my own responsibilities too, which I really like.
I know quite a few people who have asthma, so they’re using the product we make. A few weeks ago, one of my aunts got her new inhaler and it came from GSK! Knowing that the parts we make have an impact so close to home drives me to do the best I can.
I also get to travel to different GSK sites, for training and other reasons. Earlier this year, I went to an event where I actually spoke on a panel board in front of an audience of almost 200 people about the benefits of the programme. There were a lot of government officials and different associations plus people from Google, Cisco and RedHat, so that was a major event.
In the future, I will still be interested in engineering-type roles – maybe a technician-engineering role. I’ll see where things fall as I get closer to the end of the apprenticeship, but I hope that I get to stay with GSK.
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